Beckley, West Virginia police had been trying to identify the person who recorded a vicious fight and posted it to Facebook. After identifying him as Timothy Gibbs, local news WVNS spoke with him to ask why he would record the fight and not intervene.
” I mean, what do they expect me to do? I was just sitting there waiting on the bus, I seen the fight, I thought it was funny. There’s a lot of fight videos on Facebook, I don’t see why everybody is on my case now.”
Anyone who stands by and watches someone get his head stomped into the pavement is an asshole. So, there’s your answer Timothy Gibbs. You are an asshole and a coward.
A few months ago a woman contacted me on my Facebook page to reach out to me for help. She is a victim of domestic violence and what broke my heart is the terror she felt for her pets. She didn’t want to go into a shelter situation because she would not leave her pets behind. Honestly, knowing how much I love my own pets – I could understand her desperation. Given the choice what would you do when faced with shelter or the possibility of your pets being abused as well by leaving them behind?
I reached out to some resources for her and hoped for the best. She created an exit plan and has recently filed for divorce. After being granted a restraining order against her husband, she appeared in court today and the Judge ordered her out of the house by May 8th. Again, she is in a situation of desperation because she has nowhere to go and will not leave her pets with her abuser. She sent me this email and I wanted to post it with some photos and ask that you share her crowdfunding page so that she can obtain safe shelter with her pets. She has three dogs and two cats.
I have been abused and terrorized by my husband of three years and common law husband of 14 years.
He abused me physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. He terrorized my pets. On Feb 26 he abandoned us with nothing. I filed a protection order and now we are divorcing.
Today, despite an amazing abundance of evidence, the judge ordered ME out of the house with 3 dogs and 2 cats on May 8.
My attorney with 20 years experience AND the project safeguard advocates all said they have never seen such a ridiculous order.
I have no money, have only been doing day labor and now will be homeless.
I am Kate of Aurora CO. This is a horrendous ruling beyond the imagination of anyone familiar with the legal system.
Any help will be forever grateful for. Thank you and blessings.
You can assist her or share her page by clicking here.
This is such an incredibly sad story. An 11-year old girl and her deaf grandparents died in a house fire in Youngstown, Ohio. It is being reported that the young girl was also deaf. Around 3:30 this morning the neighbors heard a loud explosion followed by a second explosion. One neighbor said the entire house was engulfed in flames from the bottom up after she heard the explosions. The little girl was to appear as a witness in the trial against the man charged with raping her.
Robert Seman, Jr. age 46, had been charged with four felony counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition, according to local news. The victim’s mother contacted police in March, 2014 to report that her daughter told her Seman had been engaging in sexual conduct with her for several years. The rape charges could put Seman away for life if found guilty. He was to go on trial this morning, but due to the fire, the trial has now been delayed. Also of note, is that Seman was arrested and his bond was revoked this morning just hours after the fire because he allegedly tried to bribe a potential witness in the case.
…and THIS is why the true crime community is going to shit and many true crime authors are now writing fiction. Once long ago, it was enjoyable to write about true crime and to interact with intellectual people who discussed the case and the legal process. That was until they started going full blown potato and tossing all legalities and sanity aside. Every high profile case has its share of nutters, but from my perspective — those outweigh the rational fans of true crime and that includes the not so high profile case discussion.
The Casey Anthony case was the pivotal point where the intellectuals fled the scene like rats on a sinking ship and the participants were replaced with people who screamed conspiracy, foul, “kill the bitch forget Constitutional rights, kill them again – who needs a trial”. Did I mention “kill them again and their little dog, too“? That is excessive, but unfortunately those types of comments reflect the mentality of the current state of the true crime community. Legal rights, procedure and the law mean nothing. What becomes the battle cry of these true crime junkies includes none of those items. Instead, the masses glom onto communal butt hurt and threaten jurors for voting the “wrong way” as they are now doing in the Jodi Arias matter, and as they did in the Casey Anthony case.
Last year I wrote about Leonard “Mac” McQuown who was walking across America under the guise of raising money for homeless veterans. He was met with scrutiny along every step of his journey because he had defrauded others in the name of our veterans before. Well…a grifter’s gonna grift and I have been alerted that he is preparing for yet another “walk” in the name of veterans. In 2011 McQuown allegedly founded a charitable organization called Operation Walk America. McQuown used the “organization” as a ruse to solicit funds and convert them to personal use when no legally registered 501(c)(3) organization existed. During the course of his “walk” and not so charitable fundraiser he defrauded many, including being at the center of romance scams along the way.
McQuown has NEVER shown proof that ANY veterans organization has received donations. In fact, legitimate veterans’ organizations have stated publicly that he defrauded them out of money. Ravens Outreach went public regarding McQuown’s paypal donation. McQuown was under pressure to prove that he was giving the money to veteran’s programs, and he posted screenshots of an alleged paypal donation to prove that he was giving the money to veterans’ programs, and then he rescinded the donation.
Seven years ago I had written about a child murder case in Steubenville, Ohio. The father of the baby, Fred Roman, bashed his son’s head against a wall because he was crying. Today, the mother of that child is in jail on a charge of child endangerment, and her son is dead. COVERED in bruises from head to toe according to Sheriff Fred Abdalla and had burns on his feet.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said the child suffered severe injuries including bruises head to toe, front and back, as well as burns on top of his feet. He said Fleischer walked a mile to the fire department to ask what to do about her dead child rather than ask a neighbor for a phone, which she claims she did not have.
Abdalla went on to say the injuries to the feet happened sometime in December of last year and that Fleischer refused to take the child to the emergency room. Fleischer claimed the baby fell down the steps and was hurt by another child. She told authorities she was afraid Children Services would be involved and take the baby away.
In June 2007 WTOV9 reported about this same woman after her son was murdered:
Drugs Found in Pregnant Woman’s System Posted Friday, June 29, 2007 ; 07:18 PM Updated Friday, June 29, 2007 ; 08:27 PM Watch Story Video
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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Seven months pregnant, Channe Fleischer of Jefferson County,Ohio, already has lost a 16-month old son.
Now, authorities fear she could lose an unborn child because of drug uese.
She was in a Jefferson County courtroom on Friday after test results showed high levels of Oxycodone and marijuana. Fleischer’s son Jacob died recently, allegedly at the hands of his father, Fred Roman Jr., according to officials.
Roman had custody of Jacob after Channe was thrown in jail for drug charges. The baby’s head had been smashed against a wall, reportedly because he wouldn’t stop crying.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla wants the charge of harming an unborn child to be filed against Fleischer, but Tom Strauss said those charges are hard to prove right now.
Fleischer was ordered to get treatment for her apparent drug problem. She’s been ordered to undergo an evaluation.
Sheriff Abdalla said that there was no way Nicholas got the bruises from falling down the stairs as is being alleged. The burns on his feet — he was NEVER taken to the hospital for treatment. WHO DOES THIS!!! Who doesn’t have their baby treated for burns? I should probably just shut up now because I have nothing nice to say about this woman or anyone who had any contact with this child knowing that he needed medical treatment.
Last week the State of Ohio dropped charges against former Steubenville schools superintendent, Mike McVey. The basis of the agreement was that McVey would resign from his job, agree never to work for Steubenville schools again and avoid contact with those who were party to the case or his former co-workers. While McVey was accused of deleting emails and obstructing the investigation into the rape case, here is my issue with this whole dog and pony show. Where is the justice in punishing someone by dropping charges and then basically making them the leper of the city by disallowing him to have contact with his peers when this disallowed contact hasn’t been defined? This is such an odd end to a case that the State of Ohio vigorously pursued.
WTOV9 news sat down with Mr. DeWine and some of the things that he said just do not make sense.
“You know we feel this is a just resolution of the McVey case and the judge agreed in court. He was to resign and did resign. He is no longer to work for the school, and in addition to that, he agreed not to have really any contact with the witnesses or anyone connected with the case.
“not to have really any contact with the witnesses or anyone connected with the case.” What does this even mean? Is there an Order that states he is not to have any contact with these individuals and how long is this Order in effect? What type of contact? If he is at the grocery store and one of his former coworkers walks in – is he violating this no contact order by virtue of being in the same establishment as them? How can the State of Ohio restrain him from contact without specifically citing the specifics of potential contact? WTOV9 then asked Mr. DeWine if the punishment for being charged with felonies was sufficient enough, Mr. DeWine responded with:
It was announced today that the court accepted a plea from Mike McVey. McVey agreed to resign from the Steubenville City School system and tendered his resignation this morning. The school board accepted it this evening after a special executive session. The agreement states McVey will not seek any employment with city schools, nor have any contact with school board members or the administration, witnesses or co-defendants in the special grand jury.
According to the State of Ohio, they were not confident that they had enough evidence to get a conviction as far as whether McVey wiped systems or deleted emails.
Angela Canepa, assistant attorney general, said the evidence in the case may not have been able to prove it was McVey who deleted e-mails and other information on his computer as believed by the grand jury.
Canepa said there wasn’t much direct evidence against McVey. She added there was no way to tell what was in the deleted e-mails, even though Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation computer forensic experts checked city school computers.
I guess my thought here is why wait until now to end this when it appears as though it could have been done long ago. If they knew that they might not be able to get a conviction – how long ago did they know and why not drop charges then? I never believed that Mr. McVey woke up one morning and thought to himself, “well, gonna go to work and obstruct justice today“. I have always believed that someone instructed him to do so, if emails were deleted. The fact of the matter is – no one will ever know the full extent of what occurred in the days following the rape and who done what or he said/she said. It did become obvious that there was a disconnect with staff and administration regarding the mandatory report laws. I don’t think it was necessarily a lack of knowledge about mandatory reporting as it was an unwillingness to abide by the mandatory report law. Just an opinion, of course.
I also find it a bit odd that McVey cannot have contact with school board members, witnesses or co-defendants in the special grand jury. Steubenville is not a big town, and he has worked for the school system for almost 20 years. It just seems like an odd punishment for deceptive behavior. But…it is what it is.
Honestly, I’m fine with how things turned out. I think a lot of people are just glad to see this case finally put to rest. Sure there are questions, but we are not the judicial system and they did what they saw fit to do. There are always things that we don’t know. It’s easy to make assumptions, and from the very beginning – this case was filled with them. The good part of all of this is: This case has spawned an international discussion about rape culture and bystander intervention that has continued to grow over the past two years. That in itself is more important than the outcome of judicial proceedings against some of the players in this case.